The YouTube app has long had an ambiguous “HD” button for videos. (We don’t know if HD means 720p or 1080p, but it’s very likely it was 720p). And there was no way to select anything else–just HD on or off. This changes with the latest update to the YouTube app
Now you can select between 133p, 240p, 360p and 720p. This is very useful for people who frequent areas that happen to have slow mobile data speeds, and it’s nice to have manual control over such a thing anyway. An automatic mode is available as always, so users won’t be forced to deal with selecting the optimal quality.
However, we do wish that Google would allow 1080p YouTube streaming to mobile devices. With our smartphones and tablets having 1080p displays for quite a while now, such a feature would definitely be nice (especially for those who use a large tablet for watching YouTube at home). Will you be using this new feature?